Recht en utilisme. Een pleidooi voor het utilisme als richtlijn voor de wetgever

J.C. Hage*

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In this article I plead for utilitarianism as guideline for the editor. The article consists mostly of rebuttals of a number of traditional objections against utilitarianism. In particular (but not exclusively) the following objections are discussed:
1.It is impossible to predict the consequences of legislative measures.
2.Legislation should be evaluated procedurally (democratically), rather than by a substantive standard.
3.Utilitarianism allows the sacrifice of the interests or even rights of some on behalf of those of others.
4.Utilitarianism leads to results that are sometimes strongly counterintuitive.
A substantial part of the article consists of a discussion of coherentism as method for, amongst others, normative reasoning.
Original languageDutch
Number of pages17
JournalLaw and Method
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015

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